From Representative Harden’s Facebook profile:
REP. HARDEN RESIGNS TO ASSUME SENIOR LEADERSHIP ROLE AT DCA
Conservative Legislator Highly Regarded For His Principled Approach to Governing
(Toccoa) – State Representative Michael Harden announced today that he will resign effective May 15th to assume a senior leadership role at the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.
Said Harden, “Janelle and I have been blessed to have had the opportunity to serve the great people of Stephens, Banks and Franklin counties in the Georgia House of Representatives. I have been honored to be your voice for our shared conservative values. I am very proud of the great strides we have made the last four years such as shrinking the size of state government and implementing a new requirement to drug test those receiving welfare benefits. I had the opportunity to serve as the Vice Chair of the critical Banking Committee and as a deputy Majority Whip. Through these important roles, I was able to help craft conservative legislation, see it passed, and along the way honor the trust of those who elected me. I thank everyone for this great honor and hope to continue to serve them faithfully in this new position. I see this transition as an opportunity to continue to serve my friends of the 28th House District as well as our entire state and I will do so to the very best of my ability.”
DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty was thrilled to have Harden join his team. “I have worked for quite a long time to try to convince Michael to come join our team at DCA. I first met Michael in 2002 while he was working with the late Congressman Charlie Norwood and have seen him grow into a respected leader in this state and I’m honored to have him join our leadership team.”
In a final statement of support for the taxpayers while in office, Harden timed his resignation so that the special election to fill his unexpired term can be held on the same day as the primary election, thus saving the taxpayers the cost of a special election.
Michael Harden defeated a long time, entrenched Democrat incumbent in 2008 to become the first Republican elected from House District 28, and earned a second term in 2010 with an impressive 74% of the vote. In the State House, Harden served on the Agriculture, Children and Youth, Higher Education, Motor Vehicles, Regulated Industries, Transportation Committees and as Vice Chair of the Banks and Banking Committee. He has also served as a Deputy Majority Whip for the last two years.
Born and raised in Toccoa, Michael learned the value of hard work early from his mom, Carolyn Holland, a single mom who raised him while running her own business. Michael graduated from Stephens County High School and Emmanuel College. He and his wife, Janelle, own and operate Native Son Log Homes, Inc. and live on a small farm in Stephens County.